Things we found and want to share from this past week:
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).
Esther, who handles catalogs and emails here at Tea, traveled with her family to Germany to catch up with relatives.
Every summer, my husband and I take our kids (now 8 and 7) to Germany to visit our families. The kids always look forward to seeing their Omas and Opas, aunts, uncles and cousins in Bonn and Cologne. It is important to us that our children are immersed in the culture of their parents’ native country, that they get to experience German traditions and learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between countries and cultures.
Every year while in Europe, we go on little adventures. We have taken the children on quick trips to Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Always by train – their favorite means of transportation. The ICE train travels at up to 300 km/h (186 mph). It often runs parallel to the freeway and the children love being faster than the cars – especially when there is no speed limit on a particular stretch of Autobahn!
On German trains, children under 15 ride free when traveling with an adult. During the summer months, there are special kids’ tickets, which can be exchanged for goodies on the train. In the past two years, children received a free Popsicle. This year, the goodies were a coloring book, colored pencils and a toy ICE train.
Our 2013 adventure took us to Nuremberg, where we strolled through the old streets, marveled at the medieval castle and its almost fully intact wall (with moat!), and enjoyed the local specialty of Nürnberger Rostbratwurst. To satisfy the children’s need for playtime, we went to the Playmobil FunPark, adjacent to the original Playmobil factory.
On the way back to Cologne, we opted against the high-speed ICE trains and chose to take the scenic route through the picturesque Rhine Gorge instead. If you asked my kids, they would say it’s “the river with all the castles”. They don’t understand the meaning of UNESCO World Heritage Site yet.
The train ride along the Rhine Gorge also took us past the Lorelei. This rock soars high above the water where the Rhine is at its narrowest. A strong current and rocks just below the waterline have caused many boats to sink here. Our children of course wondered why I was taking a picture of a rock. I told them the legend of the Lorelei, who sits on the cliff, brushing her golden hair, singing an enchanting melody, distracting shipmen and causing them to crash on the rocks. I’m sure someday they will understand the beauty of the poem.
As we were getting off the train in Cologne, the kids asked what our adventure is going to be next year. That’s when we knew we had done something right.
Next time you’re in the Lone Star State, be sure to swing by Dallas’ one-stop-shop for baby; Baby Bliss. Carrie and her expert staff will make you feel right at home!
Tea: How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store? How long has your store been in business?
Baby Bliss: My career started in retail as a buyer and later in wholesale. I just had the itch to do it myself! When my 30th came rolling around, I decided to make a change and boy am I glad that I did.
Tea: What is your favorite part of your day at the store?
BB: Well, I don’t spend a lot of time at the store these days because I have an amazing staff that allows me to do all the office work from home and spend more time with my kiddos after school.
Tea: We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?
BB: My amazing staff! I swear people come in just to see them. They are fun, friendly, outgoing and that’s the vibe of the store. Everyone is welcome to come in, hang out, shop, and chat.
Tea: At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission at your store and/or in your life?
BB: I love to go there! I love to travel. Before having kids, I was a worldly traveler. I was adventurous. Now that we have kids, we prefer to travel to beaches (I love the beach) where we can get lots of R&R.
Tea: What is the biggest trend you see right now in either shopping or kid’s fashion? What are people coming in for?
BB: My clients crave fashion for their kids that imitates theirs! I swear we hear all the time, “I wish that came in adult sizes!”
Tea: What do you do in your “spare” time?
BB: Family time is so important to us. I read something this summer and they titled it “the sweet spot”, post diapers and pre-teen, when your kids actually want to be with you, so we try to take full advantage of that, in between everything else! We are foodies, movie goers, art and festival lovers so we try to take advantage of all Dallas has to offer.
Tea: How do you balance it all? What tricks can you offer us?
BB: One day at a time! Then if my plate is just too full, I’ll ignore or delete things, like ‘OOPS’, I must have missed that.
“For this year’s Emmys, my inspiration started with the elegant oversized sash worn with traditional Japanese robes. The dress has a delicate bateau neckline with a graduated hem skirt, and we added a dramatic knotted tie to captivate on the red carpet.
We were delighted to have found this beautiful floral silk ikat, as Aubrey’s favorite colors are pink and purple – I just knew it would make the perfect accent to the lavender silk satin dress. It is sophisticated yet sweet, the perfect complement to Aubrey’s spirited charm.” Emily Meyer, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Tea Collection
Several different styles were sketched for Aubrey’s 2013 Emmy dress.
We focused on fabrics that would work best with the fit and style of the dresses you see above.
We added color to our sketches after the fabric was pulled and sent images to Aubrey so she could choose her favorite. The dress was then transformed from this…
Her favorite part of this dress?
Emily was on hand for final touches…
And then Aubrey was off!
We’ll be watching live to see if she takes the Emmy stage for another ‘Modern Family’ win for Best Comedy.
Good luck tonight Aubrey and to the entire cast of Modern Family!
See Aubrey Anderson-Emmons in a few of her favorite Tea dresses…
What She Wore
(And, shop the look!)
from left to right
Row 1: Blooming Lily Shift Dress, Los Angeles Film Festival, Summer 2013 :: Custom Tea Collection Dress for 2012 Emmy’s :: Sethunya Floral Dress, USA Upfronts, Summer 2013
Row 2: Branch Blossom Layer Dress and Pop Art Stretch Legging, The Wizard of Oz Musical Premiere, Fall 2013 :: Branch Blossom Bubble Dress, Filming Season 5 of Modern Family, Fall 2013 :: Painted Pottery Graphic Dress, The Smurfs Preview, Fall 2013
Row 3: Tai Kang Floral Twill Dress, The Wizard of Oz’s 75th Anniversary Screening, Fall 2013 :: Strandveld Wrap-Neck Dress, Funny or Die “Child Star Psychologist”, Fall 2013
This is one giveaway new momma’s won’t want to miss! We’ve teamed up with Giggle, Ergobaby, Orbit Baby and Skip Hop to bring you a prize package valued at over $3000! One lucky winner will soon own a $500 Tea gift certificate, Harper crib & changer from Giggle, Stroller travel system from Orbit Baby, an organic bundle of joy and two swaddles from Ergobaby and a $500 Skip Hop gift certificate.
Things we found and want to share from this past week:
We asked you to use #teacollection in your Instagram photos and we were so excited to find that you did! Each month we’ll round up 12 of our favorites and share them with you here on Studio T.
row 2: @britneypg, @douttasite, @heybrie
row 3: @ambernge, @graygirlphoto, @eastblvd
row 4: @abitofsas, @jennipah, @daniaeldam